SRVM MAYOR HANDS OVER PAIRS OF SCHOOL SHOES TO DISADVANTAGED PUPILS
Excitement was written all over the faces of pupils from three schools in the Sundays River Valley Municipality as they received new pairs of school shoes and packets of sanitary towels from the Mayor Councillor Nombulelo Bixa on 4 and 5 March 2019.
Mayor Bixa embarked on a campaign last year to lobby stakeholders to donate pairs of shoes and sanitary towels to needy pupils in schools around the Valley.
Organisations such as MaxProf, a verification company that validates the accuracy of accounting systems and procedures working with the municipality came on board and committed to donate about 200 pairs of shoes to three schools chosen by the mayor.
Sundays River Valley Citrus Company (SRCC), also came on board committing to supply over 300 packets of sanitary towels.
Addo Elephant Park, shops in Kirkwood, councillors and individuals within the municipality also pledged their support and donated shoes and sanitary towels.
The schools that were chosen included Zuney Intermediate School situated about 85km outside Port Elizabeth, Khayakhulu Primary School and Sandisulwazi High School both in Paterson.
While handing out the shoes and sanitary towels, Cllr Bixa said she understands the difficulties that are faced by children who come from disadvantaged homes and urged them to take this gesture as an encouragement for them to stay at school and fight for their future.
One of the beneficiaries Ayabonga Plaatjies (14) said he is so excited that he has new shoes as this will help him focus on his school work and become a policeman one day.
“I am so happy that I have new shoes, this will help me to continue with school without disturbances and become a policeman so that I can fight crime in my community,” he said.
Principal of Bontrug Senior Primary School in Kirkwood Ntombizandile Kabane expressed gratitude to the mayor and MaxProf for donating shoes as this this will encourage disadvantaged learners to stay at school.
“Most learners in our school come from disadvantaged homes and they don’t have proper school uniform which then makes them lose confidence and in worst cases drop out of school but when they have school uniform like other kids, they become happy and focus on their school work,” she added.
Although Cllr Bixa was satisfied that the 2-day programme went smoothly and expressed gratitude to the sponsors and the whole team who worked hard on making it a success, she said she was deeply saddened when she saw some kids walking to school barefoot with torn uniforms and has vowed to intensify this programme to reach more kids.
“We handed out many school shoes but it was like a drop in the ocean, we therefore need to work harder and rope in more stakeholders to assist in changing lives of these children,” she added.
The Mayor took this opportunity to also award tablets to top achievers from four high schools in the Valley. These learners scored good marks in the 2018 matric examinations.